I associate summer with the aroma of strawberries permeating every molecule of air in the house. The kitchen fragrant with tangy-sweet berry smells as my dad sat at the table hulling flat after flat of ripe strawberries and my mother kept an eye the shimmering garnet colored jam as bubbles slowly rose to the surface and popped. Each pop led to a burst of the scent of fruit. Every once in awhile my dad would eye a particularly big, juicy strawberry suspiciously and hand it to me. Continue reading
Summer is finally starting to hint that it may consider showing up this year. We are still having weirdly cold days (Texas cold = less than 70 degrees) but the afternoons have started to release that baking heat that some of us love so much.
I love having a houseful of people. Even when I didn’t have much money at all there always seemed to be a way to at least have a cookout or a people over for dessert – or something. When you have eight kids and your best friend has six – well that pretty much makes an event right there! Continue reading
You guys know that I love Tillamook Cheese. I have dreams that someday they will invite me to tour, talk, and sample all of there stuff but until then I am just happy that they give me special perks for you guys once in awhile — remember the free cheese coupons last fall? Well, I was invited to create a unique cheeseburger with Tillamook sliced cheddar and post a special coupon offer for my readers! Continue reading
Pasta is one of my go to meals. Nearly everyone loves it, you can create a variety of sauces, you can use it as a main or a side, and best of all – it is super quick. One of my favorite ways to have pasta is just fettuccine coated with garlic butter and topped with black pepper and a sprinkle of Parmesan. It takes ten minutes.
This Chicken and Fettuccine with creamy basil sauce is not quite that quick but almost. The sauce is basically cream cheese, fresh basil, and a touch of garlic. Continue reading